Sony Ericsson reports profit and continued growth in the fourth quarter

Press release
Jan 19, 2004 09:50 (GMT +00:00)
Tokyo and Stockholm, January 19 -- Sony and Ericsson today announced the consolidated financial summary for the fourth quarter, ended December 31, 2003 of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Sony Ericsson), the 50:50 joint venture of Sony and Ericsson. The company reported continued growth in sales and shipments in the fourth quarter. During the quarter the company started shipping a variety of new products to further enhance and diversify its product portfolio in the GSM and Japanese markets.

Units shipped in the quarter reached 8.0 million, which is 13% higher than the same period last year. Sales for the quarter were Euro 1,437 million, representing year-on-year increase of 16%. Income before taxes was Euro 46 million which includes restructuring charges of Euro 9 million, relating to the final phase of previously announced restructuring of the American CDMA business and the GSM development unit in Munich, Germany. Net income was Euro 43 million, which represents year-on-year improvements of Euro 112 million. This reflects the continued success of the T610 series, successful introduction of new products in Japan, and the launch of both high-end and entry-level phones for GSM markets.

In 2003, units shipped reached 27.2 million, which is 19% higher than previous year. Sales for the year were Euro 4,673 million, representing an increase of 12% compared to 2002. Income before taxes was Euro -130 million which includes restructuring charges of Euro 63 million. The strategic focus areas of GSM and Japanese standards posted a 50% and 15% year-on-year growth in shipments respectively.

"We are pleased to announce another quarter of profit and a strong second half of the year. Following restructuring in the first half of the year, we have established a more solid operational platform. 2003 has seen Sony Ericsson further establish itself as an innovative and exciting new brand. We are optimistic that we can build on the success of the second half of 2003 with exciting new products like the P900, T630, T230 and our first two clamshell phones, the Z600 and Z200, as well as innovative products for the Japanese market." says Katsumi Ihara, President of Sony Ericsson.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve inherent risks and uncertainties. We have identified certain important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements. For a detailed description of risk factors see Sony's and Ericsson's filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly each company's latest published Annual Report on Form 20-F.